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Vitamix is helping us “go green” with our smoothies

It’s been about a month, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of using my Vitamix. You see, this super-duper blender and I have had some “issues”… mainly because I take after my mom and have trouble following directions when cooking. Doesn’t anyone else like to wing it??

Seriously, there are a few good things to know if you are considering getting this blender or if you are a newbie like me.

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Family vacation to Turks and Caicos

So beautiful! It’s the first thing I say when people ask me about our recent trip to Turks and Caicos. At times, I felt like I had to pinch myself – is this real?? It was absolutely what our family needed after a busy fall and holiday season.

The first thing you notice flying into Providenciales, the main island of Turks and Caicos, is the turquoise crystal clear water. From the air, you can easily see the reef surrounding the island, making it one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations. It also makes for calm, relatively shallow waters, which is great for kids and those who aren’t fond of bashing waves (that would be me!).

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Two empty seats at my Christmas table

I am very thankful at this time of year for my wonderful family and friends. I feel truly blessed to share this holiday with my sweet mom and sister, my amazing husband, children and so many others. But there are always two special people missing at my Christmas table. I’m re-posting this (my first ever blog post!) in honour of them. When my oldest daughter read it, she cried for the aunt and grandfather she never knew. I’ve decided to share it here because it has shaped who I am today, how I view things and what I want this blog to be about – family, love and living life!

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Amazing scenery along California’s Pacific Coast Highway

California’s famous Highway 1 – a cliff-hugging oceanfront drive along California’s Central Coast stretching from Monterey to Morro Bay – is touted as one of the top road trips in the United States. My husband enjoys driving, so this was our opportunity.

We were on our way from San Francisco (you can read about our SF trip here) to Los Angeles, so we loaded the three kids into the back of our car, and hit the road!

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The dog ate my…

Halloween candy. For real, friends. At 5:30 am this morning, the dog committed a classic case of counter surfing…and tore into my daughter’s treat bag. He had himself a feast of lollipops, candy and chocolate. Needless to say, he’s been in the dog house all day. Here’s the remnants.

Not making light of this…I know chocolate is bad for dogs. But how was I supposed to know?? I was fast asleep.

The only good that comes of this is I get to introduce you to Charlie, the 6th member of our Party of Five.

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Party of five